Facebook R&B crooner Mario has been relatively quiet on the music front for…
- Posted on Nov 14th 2009 1:30PM by John D. Luerssen
"Hello, Ohio!" the Boss said on several occasions during the first half-hour of the lengthy gig.
Blame Friday the 13th.
Guitarist Steve Van Zandt was quick to whisper the geographical blunder to the singer, who was visibly rattled over the gaffe, telling the crowd, "I'm all right" after the tip-off. He then laughed it off nervously, confessing, "That is every frontman's nightmare."
After the jinx, Springsteen and the band kept rolling, offering up a complete performance of the 1975 album 'Born To Run.' Springsteen also performed his recently debuted new track 'Wrecking Ball,' and took a moment to talk up the Detroit-area charity Focus: Hope.
Springsteen also worked the charm on Michigan, working in some Detroit tributes including a cover of Bob Seger's 'Ramblin' Gamblin' Man' and Jackie Wilson's 'Higher And Higher.'
Springsteen saved some major crowd-pleasers for the encore, closing the night with 'Dancing in the Dark,' 'Rosalita' and 'Born in the USA.'
Following the show, Van Zandt commented on the "Hello, Ohio!" mishap, telling Rolling Stone that at first he thought he'd misheard the Boss. "The second time I looked at [bassist] Garry [Tallent] and said, 'Did you hear what I just heard?' At that point I knew I had to get Bruce's attention, but I couldn't get it through the rest of 'Wrecking Ball.'"
Springsteen later "made a great joke out of" his mistake, Van Zandt added, saying, "I've been worried my whole life I'm going to do that and I finally did that."
Van Zandt explained that Springsteen "goes to a place" onstage. "It's a full adrenaline rush where you can't have a conversation."